AAICAMA the Association

In 1986, states which had passed legislation making the ICAMA law in their states formed the Association of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) to enhance the administration of the Compact and strengthen protections for children adopted interstate or moving interstate.

AAICAMA is a nonprofit organization comprised of member states working with child welfare agencies, tribes, and adoptive parents to facilitate and support special needs adoption. The association provides educational and technical assistance to enhance states’ capacity to achieve timely permanency and needed services for adoption assistance-eligible children.

AAICAMA facilitates the effective and efficient administration of the compact, addresses issues related to the provision of medical and post-adoption services across state lines, and works to develop and implement sound interstate policy and practice for children eligible for adoption assistance. Through AAICAMA, members work jointly to find ways to enhance adoption opportunities for children with special needs.

AAICAMA members work together in committees to effect practical changes in the day-to-day administration of the compact. The committees direct the work of the Secretariat; review the forms, processes and materials used by administrators; and work to provide all members with opportunites for professional training.

Updated: January 2018